Newspaper Reports 1940 - 1949

These newspaper articles come from public domain sources and have been compiled for easy reference in date order. They are by no means a comprehensive collection.
The Northampton Mercury the UK’s oldest newspaper with a proven record of continuous publication, was first published in 1720, and printed articles of Northamptonshire and national interest.

Croydon's Weekly Standard was established in 1859. The last issue under this name was on June 25th. 1887. Being replaced the following week, July 2nd 1887, by the first issue of The Bucks Standard.

The first issue of "The Wolverton Express" appeared Wednesday April 17th 1901, cost one penny. The Wolverton Express specialised in detailed local “human interest” stories from Stony Stratford, Wolverton and nearby villages.

Northampton Mercury 19 January 1940

The Newport Pagnell Rural Council have approved a suggestion by the chairman (Colonel J. P. Wyness) concerning the letting of four new Council houses at Castlethorpe to agricultural workers, that they enter an agreement to give up the tenancy if they changed their occupation. There were 19 applications for the four houses, including six agricultural workers.

Northampton Mercury 19 January 1940


A cheque for £10 4s. 7d. representing collections at Castlethorpe, has been sent to Northampton General Hospital. As collectors, Mrs. Coey, Mrs. W. Limbrey and Mrs. G. White have given praiseworthy service to the fund.
Castlethorpe Mothers Union has decided to start a play-reading circle.
Receipts £12 12s. 6d., with an expenditure on wool and gifts for Christmas parcels of £10 4s. 2d. and a balance in hand of £2 8s. 4d., was reported the Mothers’ Union Red, Cross party.

Northampton Mercury 01 March 1940


Whist drives for the Castlethorpe MU. knitting party fund for the provision of wool for making comforts for men on service produced 17s. (evening drive) and £2 1s. 4d. (afternoon drive). Afternoon drives, which are free of expense, are to be held at approximately monthly intervals. The monthly statement of accounts shows expenditure on wool and parcels £15 9s. 8½d., and balance hand of £4 6s. 7½d. Knitted squares for one blanket have been made and of 90 articles—socks, helmets, scarves, gloves, mittens, operation stockings completed—52 have been sent to local serving men and girls. The remainder are held in reserve for dispatch to Castlethorpe men and girls as required.

Northampton Mercury 15 March 1940




A van containing £35 was left unattended for five minutes. In the meantime a boy went to the van, sat in it, noticed the money, and stole £1 17s. 9½d.
This story was told at special Juvenile Court at Stony Stratford.
A New Bradwell boy, aged 14, pleaded guilty to taking £1 17s. 9½d. from the van, belonging to Mrs. Alice Gertrude Markham, farmer, of Castlethorpe.
Supt. Bryant said Louis Edward Petty employed by Mrs. Markham, was conveying £35 5s. 7d. in a milk van. Making a call at a house in Stratford-road, Wolverton, he was away about five minutes, and on his return he found in the van a lad who asked for a lift to Haversham. This was refused.
Petty was informed by the bank cashier that the money was £1 14s. short. The other 3s. 9½d. was missed from the takings.
In a statement to the police, said Supt. Bryant the boy stated he saw the van with nobody in charge. He got in and sat on the seat. He then noticed some bank money bags. He took some of the money, he did not know how much. When Petty came back he asked for a lift to Haversham.


He gave 2s. 6d. each to two boys, and they went to Newport Pagnell. The rest the money he gave to another boy.
The boy also pleaded guilty to taking 6s. 6d. in money from the shop of Annie Emily Parker, Church-street Wolverton, and another boy, aged 13, pleaded guilty to receiving 3s. of the money knowing it to have been stolen.
Supt. Bryant said the elder boy, after being twice visited by the constable, said that while going to the pictures at Wolverton he went along Church-street to a sweet shop. When he opened the door the bell rang, but no one came.
He went round the counter and took some money from the till; he did not know how much.
The younger boy said he was given 3s. He did not ask where it came from, and was not told about it.


P.C. Stevens said the boys went to a public-house and bought lemonade. They seemed to be spending money freely. The elder boy was bound over in 1938 for larceny, and placed under the Probation Officer, Supt. Bryant stated.
Charles Daniels, Probation Officer, said the elder boy had been “a bit of trouble,” but the other was a very respectable boy.
The elder boy’s father said his son did not seem to be able to tell the truth.
The Chairman (Dr. Douglas Bull); You find he is just as much as you can manage, and that he is rather getting out of hand?—Yes.
The Chairman said they had decided to give the boy a chance of getting into the Navy. He would be remanded for three weeks for inquiries to be made.
Witnesses’ fees of 9s. 6d. were ordered to be paid.
The younger boy, the Chairman announced, would be put on probation to be of good behaviour for 12 months. The costs were 15s. and witnesses’ fees 2s. 9d.
The Chairman told Petty he considered it very careless of him to leave £35 in a van unprotected. It was rather a temptation.
Mrs. Markham said she ought to take the blame, as she started Petty off with the milk early in the morning before the bank was opened.
An order was made for the restoration of the money recovered.
The other magistrates were -Mrs. Brett and. Mr. C. Wylie.

Northampton Mercury 21 March 1940

WHITING.— On March 21. Northampton General Hospital, Anne Elizabeth darling daughter of Mr. and Whiting, Castlethorpe Lodge Castlethorpe. Aged 19. Funeral, 2 p.m., Saturday, March 23.

Northampton Mercury 29 March 1940


Men and women from Castlethorpe and other villages and towns mourned a talented young artist, when the funeral took place at Castlethorpe of Miss Anne Elizabeth Whiting.
Elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Whiting, of Castlethorpe, she had achieved success as an elocutionist, though only 19. She had won a gold medal and recently obtained a teaching diploma. Her last public appearance was at a concert in aid of the Girl Guides, of which she was a lieutenant in the Hanslope company.
Her father is a well-known farmer.
She died in Northampton Hospital.
Since she was well-known in the district as an artist and girl with an attractive personality the members attending the funeral were so great that the little church at Castlethorpe was crowded. Extra seats were filled and many stood.


The service was conducted by the Rev. E. J. Fenn (curate-in-charge), who also officiated at the graveside and the lesson was read by the Rev. J. Percy Taylor, vicar of Hanslope. The hymns were “On the resurrection morning” and “Abide with Me.”
The Nunc Dimittis was sung as the mourners left for the graveside the churchyard.
The coffin had been brought from the farm, which adjoins the church, overnight, and remained in the chancel.
In addition to Mr and Mrs. J. E. Whiting (father and mother) and Miss Patricia Whiting (sister), the following member's of the family attended: Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Whiting (Cosgrove), Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Whiting. Miss Whiting (Heyford Grange, Weedon). Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Johnstone (Finchley), Mr. and Mrs. Jack Whiting, Miss Nellie Whiting (Stoke Goldington), Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Whiting (Gayhurst), Mr. Maurice Whiting, Miss Mary Whiting, and Mr. Philip Whiting (Cosgrove), Mr. and Mrs. E. Charles Jones (Newport, Mon.), Flying Officer St. John, and Flying Officer Powerill.
Others present were; Mr. and Mrs. George Beale (Potterspury Lodge), Mr. C. H. Weston (Yardley Gobion), Mr. and Mrs. Giles Randall (Haversham). Mrs. Montgomery, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Knight (Northampton), Mr. and Mrs. T. O. Morgan (Salcey Lawn), Mrs. Phipps, Mr. Donald Phipps (Hartwell), Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Woollard (Stony Stratford). Mr. J. Hurry (Old Stratford), Mrs. J. L. Hall, Miss Hall (Marlborough), Mr P. C. Gambell, Mrs. and Miss Price Mr. and Mrs. S. Reynolds (Newport Pagnell), Captain and Mrs. P. Y. Atkinson (Cosgrove Priory), Mrs. H. C. Rossiter, Miss Rossiter (Lavendon), Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Lester (Leckhampstead), Miss Sylvia Meacham, Mr. and Mrs Rupert Roberts, Miss Stockings, Miss Carden (Stony Stratford), Mr. W. H. Weston, Miss M. Weston (Yardley),
Mr. C. G. Brown (Towcester), Mrs. Reynolds. Miss Susan Reynolds (Buckingham), Mr. and Mrs. L. Wienholt (Hereford). Mr. and Mrs. W. Viccars (Singleborough), Mrs. Forbes (Great Horwood), Mr. P. J. Powell, Mr. Walter Beesley, Mr. Tom West, Mr. H. B. Cook, Mr. F. Mills, Mr. E. H. Fordham, Mrs. J. K. Bowden, Mr. Tom Bowden (Simpson), Mrs. J. Rossiter (Heathencote), Mrs. C. Wylie, Mr. R. Wylie (Stantonbury), Mr. W. S. Johnson, Mr. Allen Taylor (Bletchley), Mr. and Mrs. Greaves (Wolverton), Mrs. Bolt, Mrs. Mayes, Mr. Tom Mayes, Mrs. W. Furniss (Castlethorpe).


Mrs. P. Tompkins. Mrs. P. H. G. Simkins (Hanslope), Mrs. J. Thompson (West Hartlepool), Mrs. and Miss Soper, Mr. J. Soper, jun. (Potterspury), Mr. G. Dove, Miss Dove (Duncote, Towcester), Miss Adams, Mr. J. Monk (Weedon), Mrs. H. Cross (Oxford), Mrs. E. F. Melly (Nuneaton), Mr. L. Taylor (Hanslope), Mr. A. R J. Norris (Newport).
The Mothers’ Union were represented by members of the Castlethorpe branch, of which Mrs. M. M. Lewis the enrolling member.
The 1st Company Girl Guides, under Captain Miss Fairs, formed a guard of honour at the graveside, and carried the company colours.
The grave was lined with evergreens, snowdrops, daffodils and narcissi.
Nearly a hundred wreaths included tributes from the Girl Guides, the Mothers’ Union, and the Hanslope and Castlethorpe Nursing Association.

Northampton Mercury 05 April 1940


The vicar (the Rev. J. P. Taylor) presided at the annual parochial church meeting, held in the Carrington Hall, Castlethorpe. The vicar's warden, Mr. F. Mills, presented a statement of the church repair fund showing that £52 12s, 1d. had been raised by the collection of Victorian pennies. Mr. Harry Cook, people’s warden, presented the church accounts, showing a balance in hand. Continued inability to obtain a sexton made willingness to persevere with voluntary work a great asset to the church. The Rev. E. J. Penn (curate-in-charge) expressed his thanks to the church workers, particularly to Miss Gregory and Mr A. Blake, as organist and assistant organist respectively, and to the choir and choirmaster (Mr. R. Atkins). Miss Gregory wrote returning to the church funds her annual payment as organist. The churchwardens were re-appointed and the sidesmen Messrs. W. Beesley. R. Holt, T. West, and J. Fordham —were re-elected. The Church Council comprised the clergy and officers, with Mrs. H. I. Lewis. Mrs. W. Fumiss. Mrs. C. Harding. Mrs R. Mayes, and Mrs J. Walton.

Northampton Mercury 19 April 1940

CASTLETHORPE During the quarter ended March 31, £10 0s. 2d. was raised at Castlethorpe under the contributory scheme for Northampton General Hospital.
An afternoon whist drive organised by Castlethorpe Mothers’ Union Knitting Party realised £2 7s. 4d for the Comforts and Red Cross Fund, and brought the total raised in the village to £24 17s. 1½d. This sum includes knitting members’ weekly subscriptions and voluntary donations. Prizes were won by Mrs Pittam, Miss Pittam, Mrs. W. Limbrey, Mrs G. White, Mrs. Bolt, and Mrs. T. West. Tea. provided the enrolling member, was served by Mrs. Walton, Mrs. West and Mrs. Homer. The Rev. E. J. Fenn thanked Mrs. Lewis for acting as hostess the knitting parties.

Northampton Mercury 03 May 1940


For failing to conform to a halt sign at Roade—which, he said, he had never noticed—when cycling, Harold Charles Cook (25), engineer, Castlethorpe, was lined 10s.

Northampton Mercury 10 May 1940

J. E. Whiting, Castlethorpe. WANTED, General Farm Worker and Milker; cottage in village.—Box 341

Northampton Mercury 10 May 1940


The Highways Committee reported that serious defects recently developed in the masonry of the bridge over the river Tove at the Northamptonshire county boundary between Cosgrove and Castlethorpe.

The boundary through the centre of the main … arch masonry structure, and the … defect had occurred in the Northamptonshire half of the structure wh… section of the bridge parapet and spandrils of the west arch had collapsed into the river.

Other defects of a similar, but … serious nature had been a… throughout the bridge
The necessary repairs had been … in hand.
.The estimated cost to be shared between the two County Councils will be about £200. the Northamptonshire County Council being responsible for  the whole cost of the remaining section of their a… walls.

[Note: the article goes into the fold of the newspaper, thereby making it difficult to read.]

Northampton Mercury 28 June 1940


At Northampton Borough Police Court on Monday fines of £1 each were imposed on Christiana Pigott. married, of The Manor House, Great Houghton, and Patricia Whiting, independent, of Castlethorpe Lodge, Castlethorpe. Bletchley, for allowing cars to stand in Abington-street so as to cause unnecessary obstruction.

Northampton Mercury 28 June 1940


Six of seven offenders dealt with at Stony Stratford Police Court had neglected to black out premises properly. In each case a fine of £1 was imposed.

George Hart, Castlethorpe, pleaded guilty.
Constable Keen said a light shone from an oil lamp.
Defendant stated he was listening to the wireless and forgot all about the lamp.

Northampton Mercury 23 August 1940


A Castlethorpe farmer was fined £10 at Newport Pagnell Police Court on Wednesday for not ploughing up 25 acres of land.
William G. Clarke, farmer. The Village, Castlethorpe, was summoned for not ploughing up land at Hanslope, and pleaded not guilty.
Mr. A. Richard Ellis (instructed by the Ministry of Agriculture) prosecuted for the Bucks. War Agricultural Committee. and said that for the past 19 years Clarke had been the occupier of the land, of which two fields of 25 acres were scheduled for ploughing and cultivation this year. Defendant ignored the direction, and did not get in touch with the local committee for assistance, which he was invited do. No ploughing at all had been done.
Walter Beesley. Manor Farm. Hanslope. a member of the Newport Pagnell District Committee, said the two fields scheduled adjoined his own, and were quite suitable for ploughing. He had made a formal inspection, and had seen defendant on more than one occasion with regard the possibility of the committee taking over the work, as, defendant had raised the objection that had not the tackle.


Philip C. Gambell, secretary of the Newport Pagnell Committee, said that Clarke had not approached him for assistance. In answer to the chairman (Sir Walter Carlile), witness said that Clarke, with a relation, farmed about 70 acres.
Reginald Davey, secretary of the Bucks. War Agricultural Committee, also gave evidence Clarke told the Bench that when he received the requisition he was ill, and was laid up with bronchial pneumonia for fire months. He did not know he had anything to do with ploughing up. He had the land for temporary grass-keeping, and had never been the regular occupier.
The Chairman: You will have to pay fine of £10. Can you do it now, or shall we wait till we get it? Defendant: I’ll pay it now.

Northampton Mercury 23 August 1940

ADMISSIONS TO HOSPITAL George Thomas Collins (30), Goff Cottages, New Duston. has been admitted to Northampton General suffering from concussion.
Arthur Watson (68), of Ravensthorpe has been admitted to the hospital with a leg injury.
Ellen Rowthome (72), of 25. Cromwell road. Rushden, has been admitted hospital with an injury to the arm.
Peter Robin Harding, a six-years-old evacuee boy, staying at 5. Church-street, Stony Stratford, has been with an Injury to the foot.
Walter Purser (35). 10, Station-road, Castlethorpe. has been admitted to Northampton General Hospital with injuries to his back and arms.

Northampton Mercury 22 November 1940


The Newport Hundreds Spitfire Fund has Increased its total by £18 16s. 7d. to £2,477 19s. 5d. All but 15s. 6d. of the amount came from four villages. The additional contributions were:—
Newport Pagnell.—10s., Mrs. Minchella; 5s. 6d., Mrs. Grace Moore.  
Ravenstone. —10s.. Mr. and Mrs. George Lane and Mrs. Kitchener.
Olney.— £.11s 7d. Olney Fire Services and donations; 5s., E. Hoddle; 2s. 6d., anonymous.
Haversham.—£1 Haversham School infants’ class.
Castlethorpe.—Per Mothers Union Knitting Party, £2 2s., Mr W. Markham; £1 each Mr. and Mrs. M. Lewis Mrs. W. Furniss Miss A. Gregory; 10s., Mrs. Wigglesworth; small amounts, 19s.; whist drive and donations, £2 1s.

Northampton Mercury 29 November 1940


DEFENDANT at Stony Stratford Police Court, declared that the police story of light shewing from his house was grossly exaggerated,” and made several other allegations.
Inspector Merry stated that a light was still snowing half an hour after complaint about it had been made to defendant. This, the inspector said, was an insult to the police.”
Defendant was fined £2.
William Scorer farm worker, Castlethorpe, pleaded guilty to showing a light from a dwelling, on November 5.
Reserve Constable W. T. Clarke gave evidence that a light was showing. After he had called defendant outside to see it the latter exclaimed: “You people are too officious because you are in uniform. There are plenty of other lights.” Witness added that defendant had been previously warned. He told him to shut the door, and defendant replied; “How do you expect me to get in and out of the house? Down the chimney?” Witness passed the house half an hour afterwards, and light was still showing.
Scorer, in defence, said the whole thing was grossly exaggerated. He arrived in Castlethorpe four months ago, and the first thing he did was to make frames for the black-out. With regard to alleged previous warnings, he was treated courteously by a policeman on the first occasion, and the second complaint arose through the moon shining on the bedroom window.


He said these people were too quick to make judgment, and did not make sufficient inquiries into the charges they made. The particular glimmer of light was caused by a slight crack where the frame fitted against the window.
It was a rigorous persecution, he alleged.
The Chairman (Mr. S. F. Jones): You should not say those words. Inspector Merry pointed out that defendant had had every opportunity of asking the witness questions, but did not do so The question of houses being blacked-out was a very serious matter, and the police intended to enforce the regulations to the full. The light being on half-an-hour afterwards was an insult the police and to the country.
The Chairman: You must pay £2. Scorer said he had only a few shillings for his wife to do her shopping, and was told he would be allowed seven days.
As he was leaving the Court-room he said he could not pay, and loudly slammed the door.
He was brought back by police officers to the defendant’s stand, and Inspector Merry pointed out that if the man persisted in his conduct it was contempt of court.

Northampton Mercury 29 November 1940



T'HE first case in the immediate district of a motorist infringing the car lighting regulations was heard at Northampton Divisional Police Court on Wednesday, when Benjamin Sydney Whiting, 46. Castlethorpe, Bletchley, was summoned for driving a motor-car with front lights showing an excessive amount of light, and thus being visible for a distance of 300 yards, at Wootton, at 9 p.m. on November 8.
Mr. Bernard Tippleston (Messrs. Dennis, Faulkner and Alsop) appeared for the defendant and admitted the offence.
P.C. Ward said that the sidelights had been painted, leaving space one inch in diameter, but this had not been dimmed, and the reflectors had not been blackened. The rear light had not been adapted to comply with the regulations and could also be seen from a distance of 300 yards.
Mr. Tippleston said that Mr. Whiting had done what he thought was adequate, but discovered he was mistaken.
It was pointed out that he had apparently attempted to comply with the amended regulations, but had forgotten that the original regulations still applied. Whiting was fined £1.

Northampton Mercury 20 December 1940

NEWPORT PAGNELL The Newport Hundreds Spitfire Fund has Increased to £3,176 11s. 6d. Recent donations include: Castlethorpe Mothers’ Union. £2 8s.; Messrs. Salmons and Sons’ Panel Shop, £2 0s. 7d.; Lathbury Salvage, 6s.: and anonymous gifts of 3s. 8d. and 2s.

Northampton Mercury 31 January 1941


A nice lot of woollen comforts have been received this week and Auntie Dick thanks all helpers. We now have a good supply of wool which will be sent out as soon as possible. Long-sleeved pullovers for the Navy have been sent by Mrs. G. Westaway, Naseby; Mrs. Gower, Roade; Mrs. V. Furniss, Lichborough (formerly Rothersthorpe); and Miss Markham, Castlethorpe.
Mrs. Mole, The Causeway, Carlton. Beds, has made and given a pair of socks a blue and a khaki scarf. " with good wishes.” She says that she is a constant reader of our paper and very interested in our work.
Mrs Audrey Bell, Hanslope, has sent three khaki pullovers which she and her aunties have made. Two pairs of socks and one pair of mittens have arrived without the name of the sender. I should like to acknowledge this gift if this helper will write to me.
Some of our helpers who knitted long sleeved pullovers for the Navy, have written to say they have a few ounces of wool left and are willing to knit another pullover if they can have more Wool. Unfortunately Auntie Dick has more wool of this kind and would be grateful if these helpers will return the odd ounces.  
If, however, anyone has actually started to knit a second pullover, please let me know by postcard I will then do my best to send sufficient wood finish when the surplus wool comes from the other helpers.
Two more pullovers have been received from Mrs Grant-Ives, of Bradden House. Towcester; these were made by Mrs. Harrison and Mrs. Outtrim who are both warmly thanked.

Northampton Mercury 21 February 1941


A LORRY-DRIVER, Richard William Arthur Goodall, Enfield Highway. Middlesex, was congratulated by the Stony Stratford Bench, on his presence of mind in an incident which occurred on that portion of the Watling Street between Stony Stratford and Loughton.
A young woman had cut in between him and an oncoming lorry and car, with the result that her small car overturned in front of Goodall’s lorry which had a gross weight of 22 tons. She escaped with fractured ribs and other injuries.
The mishap occurred on December 29 last.
Miss Mary Keppel-Palmer, aged 20, of Castlethorpe, who lived in France until that country’s capitulation, was summoned for driving dangerously and, alternatively, carelessly, and for not signing her driving licence. The first summons, to which she had pleaded not guilty, was dismissed, and she was fined £2 with £3 5s. costs for driving carelessly, with endorsement of the licence. For not signing she was ordered to pay the costs.

Northampton Mercury 28 February 1941


A whist drive, organised by Home Guard members, took place in the Carrington School, Castlethorpe. This was the first social evening of its kind to be held in the village for many months, and it was well attended. Prize-winners were: Mrs. K. Robinson, Miss P. Padfield. Miss M. Maltby, and Mrs. M. G Hart. Mr. W. L. Jeffery, Mrs. M. Cooper (playing man), Mr. F J. Wilmott, Able Seaman S. Spraggon. R.N., Mrs. J. Sawbridge presented the prizes. Corporal J. Townsend was M.C. Proceeds were in aid of the Home Guard. Mrs. Furness, Mrs. C. Welman, and Miss Plomer sent donations.

Northampton Mercury 07 March 1941

The village of Castlethorpe sent £40 7s 10d. to the Northampton Hospital Fund last year as a result of the contributory scheme, which has membership of 94.

Northampton Mercury 11 April 1941


The funeral took place at Castlethorpe, on Tuesday, of Major Alwyn Lowder King Anderson. Before going to Castlethorpe a few years ago he took an active part in the Old Comrades’ Association at Lichfield. He saw active service in the second Boer War and the last great war with the 3rd South Staffordshire Regiment,

The service in the Parish Church was conducted by the Rev. E. J. Penn (curate-in-charge), and the lesson was read by the Rev. J. O. Hichens of Guilsborough (brother-in-law of Major Anderson).
The service was choral The Nunc Dimittis was sung before leaving for the graveside in the adjoining churchyard, where the Rev. J. O. Hichens performed the committal rites. The mourners were: Mrs. Anderson (widow). Mrs. Hichens Guilsborough, and Miss Anderson, Grendon (sisters). Mr T. S. Hichens and Miss Hichens. Cholesey, Berks (nephew and niece). Mrs. C. A. Markham. Northampton. Major A. C. McDermott. South Staffs. Mr. G. W. Beattie. Mr. Keith Leslie, and Mr. Colpman, Northampton.

Northampton Mercury 18 April 1941

Newport Pagnell Police Court

Frederick George Scripps. Castlethorpe, summoned for riding a pedal cycle with an unscreened front light, and without a red rear light, was fined 10s. and 7s. 6d. respectively.

Northampton Mercury 18 April 1941

The engagement is announced between Squadron-Leader John Ramsey St. John, younger son Mr. and Mrs. F. St. John of Wellington, New Zealand, and Miss Patricia Whiting, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. Whiting, of Castlethorpe Lodge, Bletchley Bucks.

Northampton Mercury 18 April 1941


The deep respect in which he was held in the village and wide district was shown by the large attendance at the funeral at Castlethorpe on Friday of Driver Oliver Oscar Pearson, of the R.A.S.C. Driver Pearson was motorcycling to his home, No. 7, Council Houses. Castlethorpe, May 24 for week-end leave, and was on the by-pass road at Barnet when he became involved in a motor accident, and received Injuries which proved fatal at the Wellhouse Hospital the following day.
A native of Piddington, Pearson started his working life at Wolverton Carriage Works, but at the age of 21 he commenced business as a haulage contractor at Castlethorpe. He became a member of the Home Guard, but in December last felt impelled to join the Army and joined the R.A.S.C. as a driver. He leaves a widow and a baby son. The service was conducted by the vicar, the Rev. Percy Taylor, and included the hymns “The King of love my Shepherd is” and “For ever with the Lord,” Mrs. Taylor and Mrs. Gregory officiating at the organ.


The principal mourners were Mrs. Pearson (.widow), Mr. and Mrs. White (mother and stepfathers, Mr. and Mrs. Eric Pearson, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Pearson (brothers and sisters-in-law), Mr. Frank Pearson (brother), Mr. and Mrs. G. White and Mr. and Mrs. H. White (step-brothers and sisters-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. C. Valentine, Mr. and Mrs. R. Lake (brothers-in-law and step-sisters), Mr. L. White and Mr. B. White (step-brothers), Mrs. J. Hobson (sister-in-law), Mr. W. Bennett grandfather), Mrs. Cox, Mrs. Crewes ad Mrs. French (aunts), Mr. and Mrs. Tew, Mr. Herbert, Mrs. Dodds, Mrs. Baker, Mr. Saunders (friends). There were a large number of wreaths and floral tributes as follows: To my darling husband; from his sorrowing mum and dad. Leslie Bell and grandad. Castlethorpe; Eric and Mary. Teddy and Michael. Par Cotton; Prank and Annie. Castlethorpe; Cecil and Maude. Pat and Tony. Addelstone: George and Maud and Michael. Luton: Harry and Minnie. Birmingham; Flo and Reg. Luton: Ciss. Cliff. Pam and Ann, Wolverton: Janet. Hanslope; Aunt Ada and Gwen. Market Drayton; Dorrie. Reg. Linot. and Marie. Northampton: Aunt Rose and family. Piddington; Comrades of the R.A.S.C.; Mr. and Mrs. Markham and family. Castlethorpe; Committee of Hanslope Parcels Fund: Gerald Bloxham. Hanslope: Mrs. Worker Atkins and West. Castlethorpe; Mrs. Smith and Maurice. Castlethorpe: Mr, and Mrs. Mills. Castlethorpe Mr. and Mrs. Maley. Hanslope; Mr. and Mrs. King. Hanslope; Mr. and Mrs. Herbert and Tabbett Hanslope: Mr. and Mrs. R. Saunders, Mr. and Mrs Baker. Hanslope; Mr. and Mrs. L. Sapwell. Linford; Miss P. Evans and Mr. J. Bavington Hanslope; Mrs. Cave. Hanslope: Mrs. Dodds and Bill. Acton; Mr M Jelley. Cosgrove; Mr. and Mrs. P. Tew. Roade: Mrs. R. French and Violet and Mrs. G. Crewes and Fred. Roade: Mr. J. Evans. Castlethorpe.

Northampton Mercury 13 June 1941

Newport Pagnell Court

William Thomas Ray, Castlethorpe, was fined £1 for riding a pedal cycle without a light, at Gayhurst. On the Bench: Sir Walter Carlile (chairman). Major Denis H. Farrer, Mr. L. T. Edwards. Mrs. Good. Mr. H. B. Baldwin, and Mr. S. W. Lord.

Northampton Mercury 13 June 1941


The combined war weapons total for North Bucks., including Wolverton urban, Newport Pagnell urban and rural, Buckingham and Winslow, and Bletchley urban, is now £604,461. Congratulatory messages have been received from Sir Kingsley Wood.
When a division was made between the amounts subscribed in Newport Pagnell urban and rural areas, it was found that the urban total was £81,774 and the rural £119,858. In the latter, the chief totals were; Woburn Sands £29,407, Olney £26,747, Hanslope £6,666, Emberton £6,426, and Loughton and Shenley £5,573. High up in the list were Great Linford £3,655, and Castlethorpe £2,809, Tyringham £2,643, and Sherington £2,583, whilst Haversham, which is close to Wolverton, subscribed £1,555, with Stoke Goldington £1,416, and Weston Underwood £1,377.
Entertainments to defray expenditure realised £86 15s. 8d., and it is anticipated that when these have been met there will be an available balance of nearly £40. It is understood that three social events at Hanslope, any available balance will be put to fund for the endowment of a bed in Northampton Hospital. The fund now stands at £735, all invested in Defence Bonds, and held by Hanslope Hospital Committee.

Northampton Mercury 13 June 1941


A meeting or the Castlethorpe Mothers’ Union was held In the Carrington Hall. Mrs. S. Hilton, Deanery presiding member, spoke on the need for religious training of children and contended that parental responsibility for religious training in the home must supplement and help to make effective religious training given in the schools. Mrs. H. I. Lewis, enrolling member, thanked the speaker for her address, and Miss A. Gregory accompanied the singing of the hymns. Tea was served Mrs. H. cook. Mrs. A. Coey. Mrs. W. Homer, Mrs. J. Walton, and Mrs. T. West. A parcel competition managed by members of the M.U. Knitting Party found prize-winners in Mrs. E. J. Cowley. Mrs. R. Mills, and Mrs. W. J. Robinson.
Financial details showed receipts of the M.U. Comforts and Red Cross Fund totalled £97 14s. 2d., and the amount collected during the year from the M.U. savings group amounted £335 11s. 3d.

Northampton Mercury 12 September 1941

BRIDAL PARTY at the Castlethorpe wedding of Miss Patricia Whiting
and Squadron-Leader John Ramsey St. John, of Wellington, New Zealand [newspaper image]

MARRIAGES ST. JOHN—WHITING.—On Sept. 6 at Castlethorpe Parish Church, by the Rev. E. J. Fenn (curate-in-charge), assisted by the Rev. J. P. Taylor, Hanslope (vicar). Squadron-Leader John Ramsey St. John, younger son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis St. John, of Wellington, New Zealand, Patricia, only daughter of Mr. J. E. Whiting, J.P., and Mrs. Whiting, Castlethorpe Lodge.


THE wedding took place at - Castlethorpe Parish Church on Saturday of Squadron-Leader John Ramsey St. John, younger son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis St. John, of Wellington, New Zealand, and Miss Patricia Whiting, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Whiting, of Castlethorpe, Lodge.
The bride has taken part in local concerts in aid of charities, and well-known in North Bucks.
The little church, the interior-of which had been decorated in a scheme of red and white flowers, was completely filled.
The service was conducted by the Rev. E. J. Fenn (curate-in-charge), and the Rev. J. P. Taylor (Vicar), Hanslope, also took part.
Wedding voluntaries were played by Mrs. C. H. Weston, of Yardley Gobion, and Miss Gregory played for the service. The singing was led by a full choir.
The bride was given away by her father. There were four bridesmaids Miss Suzanne Reynolds, Buckingham, Miss Mary Keppel Palmer, Castlethorpe (friends), Miss Olive Whiting, Upper Heyford (cousin), and Miss Avery Cooper, Hanslope (friend).
Pilot-Officer Antony G. St. John, of the New Zealand Air Force, was groomsman to his brother.
The reception was the barn of Castlethorpe Lodge.
Among the presents was a muffin dish from employees at Castlethorpe Lodge, an electric iron from Castlethorpe Women’s Institute, and one from the bride’s colleagues at a military establishment.

Northampton Mercury 19 September 1941


Youth movements in North Bucks are making substantial progress. The Stony Stratford Youth Service is now about 30 strong, and has been engaged in useful work for some time past. The squad has collected magazines for the Forces, and has helped with the war effort by collecting waste paper and addressing and distributing leaflets in connection with surplus food salvage. Several members have helped farmers in the district with the harvest. A physical training class is being started. All Youth Service Squads in Bucks are being asked to raise money towards the purchase of a Red Cross ambulance. Wolverton and District Youth Club raised £22 10s. by dance. Miss H. Hirons is the leader and organiser of the club. Castlethorpe Youth Service Squad realised £1 10s. for their funds by holding a social evening. The squad continues its work of regular salvage collection in cooperation with members of the Women’s Institute, who undertake the packing of the salvage. The boys are also accepting orders for what blackberries they can gather for local jam-making. Probably the first church parade to be held at Haversham was arranged by members of the Home Guard. They headed a procession, which was joined by Civil Defence workers and members of the Special Constabulary and Girl Guides.

Northampton Mercury 19 September 1941

By Order of the Personal Representatives of the late Major A. L. K.
In the County of Buckinghamshire
(Stony Stratford 3 miles.
Northampton 12 miles).
With Vacant Possession.
known as
(unless previously sold private treaty),
On THURSDAY, 9th OCTOBER, 1941, at 3.0 p.m.
(subject to conditions of sale to be then produced).

The Property is Built of Stone and Brick, with Slated Roof.

Ground Floor: Front Entrance and Large Square Hall; Dining Room, South with French Windows, Tiled Grate and Hearth; Drawing Room, South with Square Bay Window, Tiled Grate and Hearth; Breakfast Room, South, with Grate and Panelled Dado; Kitchen, with Tiled Floor, Range, Boiler and Sink; Dairy and Larders. Two staircases lead to the
First Floor containing: 5 Bedrooms. Bathroom, Lavatory.
Second Floor: 3 Attic Rooms.

There is a large Garden well screened by trees, and adjoining a Brick and Slated Garage with concrete floor. Gravelled Yard and a useful range of outbuildings.

(or thereabouts)

Main Drainage. Well Water, Electric Light is available but not installed.
Auctioneers: BEATTIE, SON & LESLIE

Northampton Mercury 10 October 1941


A social and whist drive, arranged by the boys or the local Youth Service Squad and held in the Carrington Hall, Castlethorpe, realised a profit of 10s. 8d., which has been contributed to the County Youth Red Cross Fund towards the cost or providing a motor ambulance.
Through other and similar events the Squad has been able to establish funds, also, for the provision of Y.S.S. Club. With the assistance of the Parish Council, facilities have been granted which enable the Club to be run in the Carrington Hall on two evenings each week and leaders of various organisations in the village have agreed to speak and lead debates on subjects of interest to the Youth Squad as submitted by them in a programme of suggestions for club entertainment and information. As officer of the local Home Guard, Lieutenant J. Wilmot has already given a talk and has agreed to give physical training instruction.

Northampton Mercury 31 October 1941


Mrs. Coey, one of the oldest inhabitants of Castlethorpe, and Mr. W. Ray, who is making physical training a regular feature of Youth Service Squad Club activities locally, were the winners of darts tournament held during social evening at Castlethorpe. The gathering was organised by the Mothers’ Union knitting party. Proceeds were £10 12s. 3d., and to the Aid-to-Russia Fund. There were competitions for parcels, musical programme, and a gift stall.

Northampton Mercury 07 November 1941


Twenty-three parcels are in course of packing and dispatch to local serving men and girls of the village their Christmas gifts from the Castlethorpe comforts and Red Cross Fund. The contents or each parcel include two pairs of socks, gloves, scarf, a new novel, stationery, soap and shaving cream and a money gift of five shillings. Where helmets or scarf caps have not been sent in previous parcels, one of these has been added to the knitted articles.
Rearrangements for the winter campaign of salvage collection in Castlethorpe include attendance, each Wednesday, from 12 till two p.m., at a depot, lent by Mr. J. Bridge, of members of the Women’s Institute to receive paper and cardboard, which the villagers are asked to bring for packing. Old-age pensioners have volunteered assistance in the work of packing and schoolchildren will act as carriers of salvage when asked to do so.

Northampton Mercury 19 December 1941


AN inquest on a soldier found dead on the line after falling from an express, was opened and -adjourned at the Carrington Hall Castlethorpe, on Tuesday, the North Bucks Coroner (Mr. E. T. Ray) saying there were still inquiries be made.
The inquest will resumed on Christmas Eve.
 The dead man was Bombardier Bert Filcher (39), of 156, Junction-road. Leek, Staffs. He was a married man with two children, was returning to his unit on the midnight express from Stoke, after spending leave at home.
Mr. D. L. Pryde, assistant district controller, Bletchley, represented the L.M.S. Railway Company. Evidence of identification was given by James Tidmarsh, 21, Mill-street. Leek, a cousin of the dead man.

Joseph Reuben Mills, railway ganger, 8, Council Cottages, Ashton, said he was examining a length. of railway line near Castlethorpe at 8.35 a.m. on Monday, when he found the body of Filcher lying on the down slow track, which is next to the up fast. Near the body was a wallet containing £2 10s. and a Post Office Savings Bank book.


P.C. Keen said that Filcher had apparently fallen out of the train on to his head.
Mrs. Filcher, the widow, said her husband was not a healthy man and was subject to fainting fits.
The Coroner: But they passed him into the Army?— Witness: He was C 3.
There was no reason why he should jump out of the train?— No. Dr. A. E. Read, Paulerspury gave evidence that the main injury was a crushed skull.

Northampton Mercury 06 February 1942

Thomas Reginald Mayes, farmer, Castlethorpe. £1, and for not having a current driving licence, 10s.

Northampton Mercury 06 March 1942


News has been received by Mr. and Mrs. Atkins, of Council Houses, Castlethorpe, that their son, Aubrey, aged 24, has died on active service abroad.
He was a trainer-pilot, and joined the Royal Air Force in July last. Eighteen months ago he married Miss Rene Stones, of Station-road Castlethorpe, who is at present employed in L M.B. Railway works. As a boy Aubrey won a scholarship at Hanslope Council School, which took him to Wolverton Technical College, where he received higher education until was 16. Afterwards he was apprenticed in the L.M.S. Works as a bodymaker.
A keen footballer, he occasionally turned out for Wolverton Congregationals. At Castlethorpe Parish Church he was a member of the choir and server, and also read the lessons. He was a bellringer at Hanslope.

Northampton Mercury 13 March 1942

The engagement is announced between 2nd Lieut. Donald Henry Thompson. R.A., son of Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Thompson, of Closeburn, Caswell Bay, Swansea, and Helen Mary (Dickie) daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Wray, of Milford Leys, Castlethorpe, Bucks, and Winchmore Hill, London.

Northampton Mercury 13 March 1942


A VETERAN North Bucks Non-conformist, Mr. Edward Richardson, of Sumnyside, Castlethorpe, has died at the age of 83.
He was the oldest member of the Newport Pagnell Rural Council, and served 25 years on the old Board of Guardians before its abolition. One of the original members of the old School Board, he later became a school manager.
A prominent member of the Methodist cause at Castlethorpe and Hanslope, he held several offices. Mr. Richardson, who was a native of Bow Brickhill, began work on the land. He then obtained work as a carpenter in Wolverton Railway Carriage Works, and retired at the age of 66 after a service of 40 years. His hobby was gardening.

Northampton Mercury 24 April 1942


The Rev. E. J. Fenn, curate of Castlethorpe, is in Northampton Hospital with a thigh injury received in a fall. Mr. Fenn had a fairly good night last night, and his condition to-day is reported satisfactory.

Northampton Mercury 12 June 1942


The wedding took place at St. James’s Church, Hanslope, of Miss P. Evans, youngest daughter of Mr. P. Evans, of 11. Newport-road. Hanslope, and L./ Ac. Arthur Bavington, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Bavington, of Castlethorpe, Bucks.
The Rev. P. Taylor performed the ceremony, Miss H. Rainbow, friend of the bride, was at the organ. The chief bridesmaids were Miss Joyce Moore and Miss Pearl Ellis (niece of the bridegroom).
The bride’s father gave her away. The best man was Corporal Reginald Callor, R.A.F., friend of the bridegroom.
The bridegroom is  well-known at Castlethorpe and Hanslope as a cricketer and footballer.
A reception was held the Church End Schools.

Northampton Mercury 19 June 1942

Markham. Castlethorpe. WANTED General Farm Worker, able drive tractor. Cottage centre village.—Box 126.

Northampton Mercury 31 July 1942


Formal evidence of identification only was given at an inquest at Castlethorpe, yesterday, on Sheila Coughlin, a schoolgirl, who was found dead from extensive injuries on the permanent way near Castlethorpe Station on Wednesday evening.
Her mother, Mrs. Mary Coughlin, of Albert House, Blackwall-way, Poplar, identified her.
It is presumed that the child had fallen from a train.
The Inquest was adjourned to a future date by Mr. E. T. Ray, Coroner for North Bucks.

Northampton Mercury 07 August 1942

KEEVES—PITTAM.—Aug. 1, at Castlethorpe Church, by Rev. Culmer, Frederick Lewis, twin son of the late Mr. and Mrs. G. Keeves, of Hanslope, to Mary Irene Pittam, youngest daughter Mrs. and the late Mr. E. Pittam of Castlethorpe.

Northampton Mercury 14 August 1942


The death is announced of the Rev, Edgar Julius Fenn, curate of Hanslope and Castlethorpe for number of years. Mr. Fenn’s last public service was to assist the Rev. E. H. Brewin. Methodist minister at Wolverton, at a funeral in April. The same evening he injured his thigh in a fall, and was taken to Northampton General Hospital, where he remained until few days ago. He returned to his home at Castlethorpe, but died on Friday.

Northampton Mercury 14 August 1942


A POPLAR (London) mother had been evacuated with her five children to Blackpool. After two ….rs she decided to return with them to London, and on the journey one of the children was killed by falling from the train.
This was the story told to Mr. E. T. Ray, North Bucks Coroner when he resumed the inquest, on Saturday, on six-years-old Sheila Couglin whose body was found on the railway line near Castlethorpe Station on July 29.
Bombardier Eric Albert Corner, a passenger on the train, said that after passing Rugby he heard a door slam. He and another soldier had difficulty in shutting it again. There was one in the compartment where the door was open.
Mrs. Mary Couglin, Poplar, mother of the child, told how she asked her two boys where Sheila was. but they could not tell her. She went to other passengers and asked if they had seen anything of little a girl in green, but no one was able to give her any information.
Dr. R. A, Cooper. Hanslope, said death was practically instantaneous from multiple injuries.
A verdict of accidental death was recorded.

Northampton Mercury 13 November 1942


Staff-Sergt. Alan Gill was summoned by Marjorie Meacham (19), 2, Station-road, Castlethorpe. in respect of a female child. Mr. B. C. Tippleston (Messrs Dennis, Faulkner, and Alsop, Northampton represented applicant.
The Bench made an order of 7s 6d a week for 14 years and £2 19s. 6d. costs

Northampton Mercury 27 November 1942


CHARLES MORLEY (33), railway carriage worker, Langton House, Castlethorpe, and his wife, Daisy Gertrude Morley, were each fined £1 at Stony Stratford for stealing seven Rhode Island Red pullets, value £7, the property of Jack Sawbridge, farmer, Castlethorpe.
Defendants pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutor said that near the railway line he kept 133 pullets and four cockerels at the Malting Farm, and afterwards missed 11. He asked Mrs. Morley if she had seen anything of the fowls, and she replied she had not. Later the same day he accompanied P.C Keen to Morley‘s fowl-pen, and there identified the seven pullets.
The male defendant said the fowls must have got through a gap in the iron fence.
P.C. Keen spoke of three visits he made to the Morleys. On the first occasion Mrs. Morley told him the pullets were their property. On his second visit she said her husband had bought them in Northampton Market. The third visit was made in company with Sawbridge, and when told they would be charged with stealing the seven pullets, Charles Morlev replied, “They belong Mr. Sawbridge. We kept them shut up until Mr. Sawbridge claimed them, as they kept getting into the garden.” He then handed the birds to Mr. Sawbridge.
Superintendent Bryant submitted that larceny by finding was the same as simple larceny, and no reasonable steps were taken to restore the fowls. Morley said his wife did not tell him at the time, and he did not know. He knew he was wrong in not telling Sawbridge, but he was working late hours and was tired when he got home. He did not intend to steal them.
Mrs. Morley said that if the fence had been repaired the fowls would not have come through. She had no intention stealing them.


Ellen Cook, married, Lower Lodge Farm Cottages, Castlethorpe, pleaded not guilty to stealing a pullet, value £1. the property of Jack Sawbrldge. She said she picked it up on the King’s highway.” May Jarman, The Retreat, Castlethorpe, said she helped Mrs. Cook to get the pullet out of her front garden.
Cook denied she told Mrs. Jarman she had bought it.
PC. Keen said that when he told her he suspected her of stealing the fowl she replied: “I picked it up as I felt sorry for it. I thought it was lost."
The Chairman said they would give defendant the benefit of the doubt and dismissed the case. The pullet was restored to Mr. Sawbridge.

Northampton Mercury 27 November 1942


A whist drive promoted by young members of Castlethorpe W.V.S. raised £10 2s. for the Red Cross and Prisoners of War Fund.

Northampton Mercury 24 December 1942

Mrs. J. E. Whiting and workers of the Women’s Voluntary Service canteen, have realised £50 by a sale and social at Castlethorpe Council School.

Northampton Mercury 15 January 1943

Conditions of patients admitted to Northampton General Hospital during the week are: Jack Townsend (47). New-road. Castlethorpe 'thigh injury', fairly comfortable.

Northampton Mercury 26 March 1943


Buckinghamshire is to have the distinction of promoting the first all-women’s brains trust in the country. This is to be held in the assembly room of an Aylesbury hostelry in April.
The question-master and members of the trust will all be practical women farmers, and will be of special interest to North Bucks., as one of the members will be Mrs. R. J. Mayes, of Lodge Farm, Castlethorpe, who secretary of one of the parish machinery pools.
Other members include Miss Peggy Busby and Miss Doris Kimber, both of whom come from farming families well-known in the county, and have had a great deal of experience with the organisation of the Women’s Land Army. The question-master will be Miss Joyce Rowley, farm manager of Mayerthorne Manor Farm House School.

Northampton Mercury 30 April 1943


Organised by members of Castlethorpe W.V. S. and Women’s Institute, a sale of home-made goods in the school realised £61 3s. for the village "Wings for Victory" effort. Mrs. Robarts, County W.V.S. organiser, performed the opening ceremony, and was thanked by Mrs. J. Whiting, local W.V. S. officer. Competitions were won by Mrs. Coey. Mrs. Harding, Mrs. E. Mills, and Mrs. Homer. Refreshments were served by Mrs. J. Walton, Mrs. H. Cook, Mrs. T. West, and Mrs. J. Gunn. Ministry of Information aims were shown.

Northampton Mercury 28 May 1943


In the preliminary milking contests for members of the Women's Land Army, girls from Castlethorpe and Hanslope, in the Newport Pagnell area, will go to the final to be held at Aylesbury. Miss M Phillips employed by Mr. Markham, had the high percentage of 93, whilst Miss J. Bedwood from Mr. Geary’s farm at Hanslope, was second with 88 per cent. Miss E. O. Orchard, also employed by Mr. Markham, was placed reserve with 84.
In the Wing area, the premier position was secured by Miss G Wheeler daughter of the vicar of Stratford, with 91 per cent. The contests were held at Great Brickhill under the auspices of the Bucks War Agricultural Committee.

Northampton Mercury 09 July 1943


having an area of 140 ACRES, with compact Farmhouse, 1 Cottage, and convenient Ranges of Farm Buildings, which Messrs. Wigley & Johnson Are instructed by Mrs. A. M. Johnson to Sell by Auction (unless in the meantime sold privately), at the CONSERVATIVE CLUB BLETCHLEY, on WEDNESDAY. JULY 28, 1943, at 5p.m prompt.

Northampton Mercury 15 October 1943


RECENT retirements from the LMS. Carriage Works at Wolverton under the age limit include four employees with creditable records. One of them. Mr. Harry Maltby, of Pretoria-terrace, Castlethorpe, has the distinction of never once having been away from work in 41 years’ continuous service.
He served his woodwork apprenticeship at Manchester, and in 1902 entered the repair finishing shop at Wolverton, where he was a charge hand before his retirement. He looks much younger than his years.

Northampton Mercury 31 December 1943

ST. JOHN. —Dec. 30. the Barratt Maternity Home. Northampton, Patricia (nee Whiting). Castlethorpe Lodge. Wing-Commander J. R. St. John, R.A.F. a daughter.

Northampton Mercury 07 January 1944


There are many people in the Wolverton area who well remember the excellent service given to the ambulance movement Mr. H. T. Rainbow, of Castlethorpe, who was for nearly 50 years employed in the Wolverton Railway Carriage Works. About 11 years ago, on his retirement, he went to live at Dunster, Somerset, and named his residence “Wolverton Cottage.” There he and Mrs, Rainbow celebrated their golden wedding. They were married at St. Neots, Hunts, Mrs. Rainbow’s home town. Since resident at Dunster, Mr. Rainbow’s ability in public work has been recognised by election as the parish representative on the Williton Rural Council, and he is also governor of Minehead County School and a member of the managing body of the Dunster Elementary School. Many presents, congratulatory cards and telegrams were received from relatives and friends.

Northampton Mercury 07 January 1944



WILLIAM DAVID MARKHAM, farmer, Castlethorpe, was summoned at Stony Stratford Police Court for failing to notify surplus of milk and also for selling milk above the authorised amount.
He pleaded not guilty.
The Bench fined him £2 12s. 6d„ and ordered him to pay £1 11s. 6d. advocate’s fee in each case, a total of eight guineas.
Mr. E. Marchant, Bletchley, prosecuted for the Ministry of Food, and said that Markham was authorised to supply 1,992 gallons milk weekly, but for the week ending September 18 last he was disposing of 3,087 gallons. There was a difference between the wholesale and retail price of 10½d per gallon, and the excess retail would be over £44 in the week which was some inducement for him to retail the excess milk.
Arthur C. H. Jupe, divisional enforcement inspector for the Ministry of Food, gave evidence of interviews he had with Markham who, after he had been cautioned declined to make a statement, adding, “I was deputy provost marshal in the last war, and my experience tells me not to make signed statement. If necessary I will make a statement in Court.”


Later, Markham said that the milk had been sold in good faith, and he was covered in the correspondence he had with the Regional Milk Supply Officer. He had been quite open about it. Markham elected to make a statement and claimed that he was entitled to sell the milk. He had not received a direction notice and his authority had never been cancelled.
He called his wife, Alice Gertrude Markham, who said that he had telephoned the United Dairies Company, requesting them to take surplus milk, but they replied could not do so until they obtained authority from the Regional Officer.
Markham, continuing his statement, said he had to ensure that the surplus milk did not deteriorate or was wasted, and that a direction notice had never been sent to him. If any infringement had been made, he alleged that it was entirely through the negligent manner in which the department had dealt with it.


He had the milk, the United Dairies would not take it, and he could have given it to the live stock but that would not have served the national interest. He had been in business 30 years, and he did not know that he had ever willingly done anything that was not to order.
In fining the defendant the chairman (Mr. S. F. Jones) pointed out that the maximum fine was £500 in each case and 12 months’ imprisonment.
Markham said he wished to give notice of appeal, and was told he could do so through his solicitor.

Northampton Mercury 03 September 1943


We met first in  a busy office, where lifts ascend and descend at the push of a button where telephones ring almost incessantly, and typewriters chatter remorselessly, where the roar of the printing presses is a background to all conversation. And somehow it seemed all wrong.
Half-an-hour later we sat in the courtyard of a friendly inn. Across the fields the sandstone tower of the village church glowed mellow. In the middle distance an idle stream loitered to hear the gossip wind, and then moved on.
And that, somehow, was where one knew Alan Fortescue ought be, his sketchbook on his knee, his stool planted firmly in the good earth of the countryside, and round him the quiet, unhurried life of an English village, rich rural traditions and the sturdy character of country folk.
I would like you to meet Fortescue. It is true that you will come to know him soon through the sketches of rural scenes in Northamptonshire which he is to draw for the Mercury and Herald.” But before you see them let me introduce the man who, in a new sense of the term, is behind the scenes.” Coming through the last war he was an officer in the Essex Regiment—G. Alan Fortescue set up practice as an architect in London. And there, probably to the end of his days, he would have stayed but for the war.

Alan Fortescue
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For Fortescue it meant almost overnight transition from the humdrum city to the freedom of the countryside.
The man who, in Hardy's words, “Saw no escape to the end of his days from the rut of Oxford-street into open ways,” discarded the black coat and pin stripe trousers dictated by Savile-row and put on a pair of baggy-kneed flannels, a leather-elbowed tweed coat and a pair of stout brogue shoes and set out to discover the architectural gems of rural England.
Across his back he slung a haversack stuffed with a few books, a sketching block and a dozen pencils.
It was a transition he has never regretted. He discovered one profound truth among many—that the slickness of the city, its sophistication and superficialities, are chaff beside the full corn of wisdom which grows in the broad sunlight of country places.
In his sketches sings Te Deurn of praise for deliverance from City ways. He has steeped himself in. the spirit of the countryside.


He told me, “I have found the way of living I have always wanted. Away from London in the country sketching the country scene, meeting country folk, learning from them, helping them I can to see things with the artist’s eye, so that if, for instance, a row of shops signs spoils the beauty of a steet the shopkeepers take em down.”
Fortescue has already published a series of sketches which he drew when touring Bedfordshire. Now he is taking his pencils and sketching book along the highways and byways of Northamptonshire, and reproductions of his work will appear in the “Mercury and Herald” week by week.



Northampton Mercury 21 January 1944

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By G. Alan Fortescue

Where two worlds meet. Beside the canal at Castlethorpe stands the Navigation Inn, meeting place of country folk and those who handle the traffic of the inland waterways, which has a life and tradition on peculiarly its own.


Northampton Mercury 28 July 1944


The death occurred suddenly, following an operation, of Mr. Alan Fortescue, the black and white artist whose work has appeared recent months In the “Mercury and Herald” under the heading, ‘‘This England”.
Mr. Fortescue, who lived at Woburn near Bletchley, was formerly an architect in London, where, but for the war, he would probably have ended his days. As a result the blitz, however, he moved into the country.
There he took delight in the rural, scene and the rich heritage architecture revealed in that wide sweep of appeal provided to the eye artistic by rustic cottage, ancient  church, century - old hostelry  and the stately homes found in such profusion in counties like Northamptonshire.
For many weeks yet the Mercury and Herald will be in a positon to reproduce his Northamptonshire sketches, for, before the illness which led to his death, he had sketched a number Northamptonshire scenes and, incidentally made many friends within the county.

Northampton Mercury 04 February 1944

A notable centenary will be celebrated at Castlethorpe in connection with the village post office. During the whole of the 100 years some member of the Rainbow family has had charge of it.
Mr. John R. Rainbow opened the first post office in Castlethorpe in a thatched cottage situated in what is known as Rainbow’s-yard. He only held the position of subpostmaster for a few months, for it is recorded that in November, 1844, his widow succeeded him and continued for nearly half a century. During that period the post office was removed to its present premises, where it has been for the past 63 years.
A son, Mr. George Rainbow, succeeded his mother, and had charge of the office for 27 years. His daughter, Mrs. Gobbey, has been so engaged since 1920.

Northampton Mercury 18 February 1944


There was only one case at Stony Stratford Police Court.
Ernest John Willmott (31), railway labourer. Mount Pleasant, Castlethorpe, pleaded guilty to stealing 28 lbs. of coal, the property of the Ministry of Mines, on Jan. 20. He was fined 10s. and 15s costs.
P.C. Keen said saw Willmott get over a fence with a bag on his back. When asked him if it contained coal, defendant replied that he had brought it from Rugby Station. Witness told him was not satisfied, and Willmott then said. “I may as well tell you all about it. I got it from off the big dump. You know how things are, and my wife is expecting baby.”  Witness later made a search Willmott’s coal barn, and saw 28 lbs. of coal there. Willmott told the Bench he did it because he was very short, and could not do without a fire. The magistrates were: Mr. S. F Jones (chairman). Mr. H. T. Weston. Dr. Douglas Bull. Mrs Brett. Mr. H. Dolling. Mrs. Clark Mr. J. Purves. Mr. T E. Parker, and Mr. E. S. D. Moore.

Northampton Mercury 25 February 1944


No rear light on cycle. Charles William Morle (34), Langton House Castlethorpe Bucks labourer, fined 10s.

Northampton Mercury 10 March 1944


Cycle without red rear light: Maurice (36). cowman. Manor Farm Castlethorpe. fined 10s.

Northampton Mercury 07 April 1944


Patrick Green, cowman. Manor Farm. Castlethorpe. Buckinghamshire, was fined 10s for not having rear lights on his cycle.

Northampton Mercury 19 May 1944


Robert John Weston (17). farm labourer. The Square, Castlethorpe was fined 10s. at Northampton Divisional Police Court, on Wednesday, for driving a tractor with a licence, and 10s. for not having a third party insurance.
For employing B. J. Weston to drive the tractor while not having a licence and for permitting him to drive while not covered by Insurance Arthur Henry John Weston (29). farmer, Grange Farm, Hartwell, was fined 10s. in each case.

Northampton Mercury 09 June 1944

Mr. J Cowley presided the wind-up meeting of the Castlethorpe Committee who organised the village Salute the Soldier week. The accounts were adopted, and a balance of £11 was handed to Mrs. H. I. Lewis, organiser of the village Comfort Fund and knitting party This addition to the sum invested by them during "Salute the Soldier” - week for presentation to men and women serving with the Forces, who received some part of their education at the village school brought the total to £86 5s. The knitting party were congratulated on their effort on behalf of the local serving men and women, and also for the assistance given to the Bucks Red Cross the Penny-a-Week Fund and other war charities.

Northampton Mercury 21 July 1944

CASTLETHORPE A collection at Castlethorpe for the blind raised £2 10s. Bd. Mrs. J. E. Whiting arranged the effort, and Miss Joyce West and Miss June Gregory were collectors.

Northampton Mercury 04 August 1944


A Home Guard play, entitled ’‘Well Done Castle Hill”, was given by the Castlethorpe Platoon as part of a “Salute the Soldier” concert in the Wolverton Works Dining Hall. Characters were taken by Lieut. J. A. Townsend. Sergt. A. V. Harper. Corpl. L. Gunn. Corpl B. Briggs. Corpl. W. D. Scripps. and L.-Corpl. G. Hart. The play, dealing with a probable situation which might have happened in this country after the advent of “D-day.” was written by Lieut. A. J. Townsend, and was enthusiastically received. Major Dewick complimented the players on a fine performance.

Northampton Mercury 25 August 1944


No diving licence: Marcelle Ridout, Manor Farm, Castlethorpe fined 10s.

Northampton Mercury 06 October 1944


A MAN’S life was lost because the main key of a crane gave way without warning, letting over two tons fall on him, it was stated at a Hartwell inquest on Monday.
Mr. T. Faulkner Gammage, Coroner for Mid-Northamptonshire, returned a verdict of accidental death on Ernest John Wilmott (32), labourer, Meadow View, Castlethorpe, who was killed last Friday, when a tree trunk fell on him.
Before Wilmott’s employer, Herbert Joseph Chapman, gave evidence, the Coroner told him that in view of the nature of the case he was not obliged to say anything.
Chapman said he was a partner with his brother in the Hartwell timber merchants’ firm David Chapman and Sons, and Wilmott worked for them.
On Friday witness, Wilmott, and another worker were together in the wood-yard. Witness was working the crane, and the other two were fastening chains round a log and securing it to the crane.


He began to raise the crane, but when it had lifted the load about three feet off the ground, it suddenly ceased to function and the timber fell to the ground, pinning Wilmott.
Later, when Mr. J. Tecey, H.M. Inspector of Factories for the Northampton district, examined the crane he found that the main key had split through.
This would allow the winding drum to become free, and automatically make the crane uncontrollable. In reply to Mr. G. A. T. Vials, for Wilmott’s relatives. Chapman estimated the weight of the timber at between two and three tons, and this was quite a normal weight for a crane of that sort. It was a jib crane worked from a petrol motor, and he bought it in 1936. It was not new when purchased.
Until the incident it had never given any trouble.
Witness told Mr. Tecey that the winding drum and driving shaft of the crane had been overhauled in May, and the key was new then, as was the shaft on which it rested.
The crane had been examined by an inspector since he bought it.

Harry Bernard Henson, Yardley Gobion, the other man working on the crane, said he and Wilmott had to stand near the trunk to guide it. Witness managed to jump clear when it fell, but Wilmott was trapped.
Medical evidence by Dr. Richard Arthur Cooper, of Hanslope, was that although Wilmott was severely bruised, had some broken ribs which had probably penetrated the lung, and had probably fractured his skull, death was due to suffocation from compression by the trunk.
Mr. Bernard Tippleston (Messrs. Dennis, Faulkner and Alsop) represented David Chapman and Sons.

Northampton Mercury 09 March 1945


A verdict of accidental death was recorded by Mr. E. T. Ray, the North Bucks Coroner, at the inquest at the Carrington Hall, Castlethorpe, on Mrs. Emily Taylor, a widow, aged 88, of The Ferns. Castlethorpe. Mary Smith, who had acted as companion to Mrs. Taylor, told the Coroner that while she was outside the house she heard a bump. And on retuning found Mrs. Taylor lying on the floor, with a wound at the back of her head.
Witness said it appeared Mrs. Taylor had been trying to open a door that was inclined to stick. When it suddenly came open Mrs. Taylor was thrown backwards, and her head struck the metal top of a table. The accident happened on Feb. 27, and Mrs. Taylor died on March 4.
Other evidence was given by P.C. Keen and by Dr. R. A. Cooper, who said death was due to cerebral compression following a fractured skull.

Northampton Mercury 23 March 1945


 MR. J. A. TOWNSEND, of Castlethorpe, signalman at Wolverton, took over his new duties at Billing L.M.S. Railway Station, near Northampton, last week.
He began his railway career at the age of 15 as a junior porter at Blisworth, and two years later was engaged on clerical relief work Llandudno, Nuneaton, Tring, Castlethorpe, and Weedon. After qualifying as a senior, he took up signalling and before being stationed at Wolverton was in charge of Blisworth Junction, Banbury Lane, Gayton, Loops, Middleton, Roade Cutting, Ashton, and Hanslope signal boxes.
In the last war Mr. Townsend enlisted as a volunteer, and served with the Northamptonshire Yeomanry in France and Italy. In a cavalry attack during the Arras battle April. 1917, he had his horse shot from under him by machine-gun fire.
In 1918 he transferred to the R.A.F., and was training as a pilot when the Armistice was signed. During the present war joined the Local Defence Volunteers in May, 1940, and served with the Castlethorpe platoon of the Home Guard until the “Stand Down.”
He wrote the Home Guard play. “Well Done, Castle Hill." which was produced, in Wolverton Works dining hall during: “Salute the Soldier” week.

Northampton Mercury 13 April 1945

STONY STRATFORD COURT Four cases were heard at Stony Stratford Magistrates' Court, but none of the defendants appeared. George Allan Clarke, bodymaker, 3. Ridgmont, Deanshanger wrote excusing non-attendance on the ground that he was on work of national importance. He pleaded guilty to riding a pedal-cycle without a rear light. He was fined 10s. For a similar offence. John Tagg. farm worker. Manor Farm, Castlethorpe, was also lined 10s.

Northampton Mercury 01 June 1945


Newport Pagnell Rural Council is without doubt the most progressive authority in housing matters over a wide district. Plans are being forwarded to the Senior Regional Officer for four houses at Castlethorpe and four in Maltmill-lane, Hanslope.

Northampton Mercury 22 June 1945


Described by the owner as the best dog in the world as a guard, a Castlethorpe resident was summoned at Stony Stratford Magistrates’ Court as being the owner of a dangerous dog. He was George White, a Wolverton railway employee, of 7, Council Houses, Castlethorpe, and he pleaded not guilty.
Mrs. Gladys May Lambert, of New-road, Castlethorpe, said as she was delivering letter defendant’s dog caught hold of her coat sleeve. It did not bite her, but frightened her very much”.
Laurie Eales, insurance agent, High-street, Deanshanger, stated that the dog caught hold of his shoulder with its teeth. It was just like a mad dog.
P.C. Keen, Hanslope, gave evidence as to warning defendant following the first incident. Defendant: He is a good dog and doesn’t touch anyone outside the garden. He is one of the best dogs in the world as a guard. I’m trying to sell it.
The Bench made an order for the dog to be kept under proper control. Costs of 15s. were imposed.

Northampton Mercury 22 June 1945

Mr. H. H. Middleton, who for nearly the whole of his scholastic career was headmaster at Castlethorpe School, died at Teddington, where he was staying with his daughter and son-in-law. He retired soon after the 1914-18 war, and had been living Twickenham.

Northampton Mercury 20 July 1945

William Ray farm worker. Castlethorpe. was ordered to pay 4s. costs for riding a pedal cycle without lights.

Northampton Mercury 03 August 1945


Castlethorpe Hospital Fete, held in the grounds of Castlethorpe Lodge, by permission of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Whiting, realised £96 for Northampton General Hospital War Memorial Appeal.
The opening ceremony was performed by Mrs. H. E. Meacham (Stony Stratford), who was thanked by Mr. Whiting (chairman of the Hospital Committee). Mr. Meacham also spoke.
Judging of the children’s fancy dress parade resulted in prizes for Keith Gregory as the baby in the best decorated pram., for Ann Grey and Roger Ward as the wearers of the most effective costumes, for Joan Bates and Gordon Pettifer who displayed the most original costumes descriptive respectively of “Drink More Milk” and “No more Queues.” and for Christine Ward whose “Baby Bride” won for her a special prize. For the remaining entrants Mr. and Mrs. Whiting and Mrs. H. Jarman presented special consolation prizes.
Music was provided by Mr. A. Bennet’s Dance Orchestra.
Stalls and side-shows were supervised by Mrs. Whiting, Mrs. J. Sawbridge, Mr. J. Cowley, Mr H. Cook, Mrs. R. Mayes, Mrs. H. I. Lewis, Mrs. H. Jarman, Mrs. J. Cowley, Mrs. A. Cowley. Mrs. Chapman, Mrs. Paris, Mrs. Ives, Mrs. Shepherd, Sergt.-Major Ives and Mr. Shepherd.
Tea helpers- were Mrs. H. Cook. Mrs. Cooper. Mrs. G. Evans. Mrs. Evans. Mrs. Burbidge, Mrs. Limbrey Mrs. Maltbv, Mrs. P. Mills, Mrs. W. Mills, Mrs. H. Ray, Mrs. E. Ray and Mrs. G. White.
At a supper which followed the helpers were Mrs. A. Bavington, Mrs. J. Bavington, Mrs. F. Bavington, Mrs. Harding, Mrs. J. Horner, Mrs. Lambert and Mrs. W. J. Robinson. Competitions and sales were run by Mrs. Coey, Mrs. Carpenter, Mrs. Wingrave, Mrs. Welman and Mr. C. Harding. The fete secretary was Mrs. W. Furniss, assisted by Miss R. Maltby and Miss M. Maltby.

Northampton Mercury 14 December 1946


Mr. George White, of Castlethorpe. presided at the annual meeting of the Wolverton and District Homing Society, In the Engineer Hotel, Wolverton Saturday. The secretary (Mr. E. C. Rice) read the report of the Berks, Bucks, and Oxon Federation It was agreed to order the same number of rings as last year. Mr. W. D. Markham, of Castlethorpe, will be asked to become president. The secretary and committee were re-elected.

The Wolverton Express 27 January 1946


Whilst walking in the fields near Castlethorpe on Saturday last, Mr. H. J. Gray and Mr. J. Cannon, both residents in the village, noticed a body of a man lying in the river Tove. When brought to the bank the body was in an advanced stage of decomposition and had apparently been in the water for some time. As deceased was still wearing his hat and eye-glasses the tragedy of his death pointed rather to accident than suicide. Later the body was identified as that of William Storey, an employee of the firm of Messrs. Waring and Gillow , London, who on the 15th November last, came to Wolverton to reside with his sister, Mrs. McMillan, for the benefit of his health. He was suffering from nervous breakdown, but not sufficiently ill to have to keep his bed. On November 20 deceased complained to his sister of having had a bad night, and after breakfast said he would go for a stroll. From that time he was never seen alive. At the inquest, held by Mr. R. G. Walton , the district coroner, on Monday evening evidence was given by Mr. and Mrs. McMillan (the latter saying she had never heard her brother threaten to take his life), by the men who found the body, and by P.C. Bonner and Dr. F. Hinde. The Coroner entered a verdict of “Found drowned.”

Northampton Mercury 01 February 1946


While on his honeymoon Flight-Sgt. Jack Markham (22), second son of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Markham, Manor Farm Castlethorpe, was told on the telephone by his father that he had been awarded the British Empire Medal.
A week earlier he had married a member of the Women’s Land Army. Miss Joyce Delderfield, of London, who had been employed on his father’s farm for five years.
Sergt. Markham was educated at Wolverton Technical College where he passed an examination for the Royal Air Force, which he entered at the age of 14 years and nine months. He completed his studies at Halton R.A.F. College
He is the possessor of five medals and has seen much service abroad.
During the War he took part in four invasions, North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and the south of France.
His latest medal was awarded for distinguished conduct and outstanding devotion to duty. He believes he earned the distinction just before the invasion of France.

Northampton Mercury 19 April 1946


Castlethorpe Dramatic Society performed “The Trial of Mary Dugan” to a crowded audience in Castlethorpe Council School. As the accused woman, Mrs. Betty Sawbridge played with fine dramatic fervour, and Messrs. R. T. Rayner and F. Bridge, as  counsel, gave admirable studies.
Mr D. Gunn effectively conveyed that weakness of character that prepared the way for his dramatic revelation of himself as the murderous left-handed wielder of the knife.
As judge and clerk to the court. Mr. E. Bates and Mr. H. Bridge gave refreshing performances; Mrs Renee Rayner, as the erring wife, made clever use of dramatic opportunities, and Mrs. Alice Bridge and Mrs. Mary Jarman offered captivating studies of their respective characters of cute chorus girl and indignant French maid.
Mrs. Joyce Markham, Mrs. Winifred Folkes, Messrs. V. Harper, W. Ray, H. Cook and F. Bispham were competent in smaller roles.
Mr. Herbert Bridge was a capable producer and Mr. C. B. Jarman was stage manager.

Northampton Mercury 31 May 1946


Newport Pagnell Rural Council yesterday decided to employ for three years a full time architect. instead of a clerk of works.
The Housing Committee reported that four houses at Castlethorpe had been, completed and were ready for occupation. The letting of one of the houses was debated at some length.

Northampton Mercury 15 November 1946


WHEN North Bucks Divisional Education Executive met for their annual meeting on Monday. The School Management Subcommittee reported with regard to school conveyances that, in view of the numbers travelling from Hanslope, Castlethorpe and Haversham to Wolverton, were larger than anticipated, the service had been re-organised so that bus takes the children from Hanslope and Haversham to Wolverton, whilst the senior children from Castlethorpe have reverted to travelling by train.

The Wolverton Express 03 January 1947


During the week-end prior to Christmas 31 12 month-old hens where stolen from a roost on Malting Farm, Castlethorpe, the property of Mr. Jack Sawbridge.
The police have been unable to trace any of the birds.

Northampton Mercury 17 January 1947


Mr. and Mrs. William Gray, New-road. Castlethorpe, celebrate their golden wedding to-morrow. They were married at Castlethorpe parish church on January 18. 1897, by the late Rev. W. Jardine Harkness, then vicar of Hanslope and Castlethorpe.

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They have three sons, all employed by the L.M.S. Railway Company, and a daughter. Mr. Gray was with the L.M.S. for over 40 years, retiring from the position of signalman at Castlethorpe Station in October, 1937. He was a native of Watford, Herts, and Mrs. Gray was born at Castlethorpe.

Northampton Mercury 07 March 1947


The monthly meeting of Castlethorpe Women’s Institute was held at Castlethorpe Lodge, by Invitation of the president, Mrs. J. E. Whiting, who presided, supported by Mrs. M. Paris, Mrs. Whiting expressed regret at the passing of Mrs. A. Coup, one of the eldest members. She was actively connected with the local hospital committee, W.V.S.. Nursing Association, and Mothers' Union. Mrs. Buxton, of Stony Stratford, gave a practical demonstration basket-making. The competition of getting as many articles as possible into a match-box, was won by Mrs. S. Thomas with 112 articles. The social half-hour was organised by Mrs. H. Cook and Mrs. A. J. Mrs. Buxton Judged a paper hat competition. Tea was served by Mrs. Cook and Mrs. Thomas.

Northampton Mercury 14 March 1947


Despite difficulties caused by the blizzard milk suppliers have not failed to make deliveries to Wolverton.
Wolverton Co-operative Society sent out a number of vehicles in order to accommodate those who were unable fetch their milk, and the other milk supplier, Mr. W. D. Markham, of Castlethorpe, sent out a tractor and trailer every day. The land girls who accompanied it worked hard in getting round Wolverton customers.
They were unable, however, to get into Hanslope for a day or two. Deliveries of bread from one of the Wolverton traders arrived late on Saturday, and was the cause of queues, whilst there was also a shortage potatoes and greengrocery.

Northampton Mercury 18 April 1947


William Parkin (49). vagrant, was sentenced to two months’ hard labour at a special sitting of Stony Stratford Magistrates’ Court for maliciously breaking a pane of glass, value £1, in the booking office of the L.M.S. at Castlethorpe on Good Friday. He pleaded guilty.
William J. Robertson, signalman, Castlethorpe, said that Parkin came to him and told him that he had broken the window. Witness asked what he had done it for, and Parkin replied; ‘‘l was fed up.” P.C. Keen said Parkin told him he had had two nights out, and did not want another one. Supt. Lord, Bletchley, lead a lengthy list of previous convictions for damage, theft and fraud in Yorkshire and other parts the country.

Northampton Mercury 09 May 1947


Last Saturday Castlethorpe Amateur Dramatic Society gave performance of the farce “Double or Quits," by John Charlton. The producer was Herbert Bridge, with Frederick Keeves responsible for the scenery. The performers were: William Ray, Arthur Cowley, Christine Harper, Frederick Bridge, Lillie Mothersole, Edwin Bates, Alice Bridge, Reginald Rayner, Doris Paris, Joyce Stone, and Herbert Bridge. As a result the W.I. will benefit by the sum of £8.

Northampton Mercury 09 May 1947


The monthly meeting of the Castlethorpe W.I. was presided over by Mrs. J. E. Whiting, supported by Mrs. M. Paris, hon. secretary. A cookery demonstration was given by Miss McKenzie and Miss White. Birthday greetings were extended to Mrs. L. Robinson and Mrs. W. Mills. Mrs. C. W. Harding was the winner of competition; and the social half-hour was arranged by Mrs. H. Gray and Mrs. Carter. Tea was served by Mrs. L. Robinson and Mrs. W. Robinson.

Northampton Mercury 23 May 1947

CASTLETHORPE Mrs. J. E. Whiting (president) presided the monthly meeting of Castlethorpe W.I. Mrs. Downing, of Stony Stratford, gave a demonstration of sandal-making. Mrs. J Bavington won a competition for the best-ironed blouse. Birthday greetings were extended to Mrs. C. Harding and Mrs. B. Mothersole. Tea hostesses were Mrs. C, Harding and Mrs E. Homer.

Northampton Mercury 11 July 1947

A well-known figure in Methodist circles in the Wolverton district, Mr. John Olney, of Castlethorpe, who is 89, can claim the unique record of having attended 82 school anniversary services at the village church.
For 68 years he was a teacher in the Sunday School, and has been a trustee of Castlethorpe Methodist Church for 66 years. During his 66 years as a local preacher, he preached at the Stony Stratford Silver-street Methodist Church on more than 200 occasions.
For many years Mr. Olney’s only means of keeping his appointments on Sundays was by walking, and his longest journey was to preach at North Crawley—26 miles on foot.
He is a widower and his marriage partnership lasted 50 years, all but three months.
Mr. Olney has lived at Castlethorpe over 61 years—49 years in the same house.

Northampton Mercury 17 October 1947


Pursuant the Trustee Act. 1925.
ALL PERSONS having claims against the Estate of Amelia Paulena Wiglesworth late of Langton House Castlethorpe Buckinghamshire who died on the 27th day of September 1947 are hereby required to send particulars thereof to the undersigned by the 29th day of December 1947 after which date the Executors will proceed to distribute the deceased’s estate having regard only to valid claims then notified.
DATED this 13th day of October, 1947. MORRISH STRODE & SEARLE, 10. Great James Street. Bedford Row, London, W.C.1.

Northampton Mercury 24 October 1947


REFERENCE to a clear case of black market transactions was made by the prosecution when a Bucks farmer was ordered to pay a total of £45 10s. in fines and costs at Newport Pagnell on Wednesday.
William Needham, farmer, Petsoe Manor Farm, near Olney, pleaded guilty to eight summonses under the Animal Feeding Stuffs Regulations in respect of buying and obtaining, selling and supplying dried sugar beet pulp without licence and without obtaining or surrendering coupons. The offences covered two transactions, four summonses on each.
The Bench imposed a fine of £5 in each case and ordered defendant to pay £5 10s. special costs, a total of £45 10s.
Mr. J. V. Steventon, from the Treasury Department, prosecuted on behalf of the Ministry of Food, and Mr. A. L. Singlehurst (Messrs. Dennis, Faulkner and Alsop. Northampton) defended.
Mr. Steventon said two men admitted they had received pulp from Needham, the amounts being 11 tons 16 cwts. and 18 tons 11 cwts.

“£5 10s. PROFIT”

On July 18 Needham told Chief-Inspector Slyfield he obtained the pulp from Jack Sawbridge, of Castlethorpe, about the end of 1946. Needham sold some at £14 a ton and made a profit of £5 10s. on one deal. The controlled price was 7s. 6d ton. Therefore, It was a clear case of black market transactions.
The Magistrates’ Clerk (Mr. E Marchant): What was the profit on the 18 tons?— Mr. Steventon: I have no evidence of the price. Owing to the unsatisfactory sale of some heifers, the pulp was sent as sort of compensation.
Mr. Singlehurst, in mitigation, said Needham had been at the farm at Petsoe End for the past four years. The land was arable, and no sugar beet was grown on it.
Prior to that he had a dairy farm at Stafford, and at that time (1943) pulp was ration free. His client had no knowledge of the existing regulations.
The 11 tons 16 cwts. went to his brother-in-law.

Northampton Mercury 31 October 1947

WANTED All-round Farm Hand, with knowledge of machine milking. Cottage nr school. Electric light and water.—Apply J. Sawbridge Malting Farm Castlethorpe. Bucks. (23 M 7)

Northampton Mercury 20 February 1948


Traffic cases dealt with by Northampton Divisional Magistrates included: Leslie Gordon Markham (27), Cobbs Bush Farm. Cosgrove, farmer, was fined £2 for using a motor-van with inefficient brakes, and £1 for not having a mirror.
William David Markham (57), Manor Farm, Castlethorpe. farmer, was fined £2 and £1 for permitting these offences.

Northampton Mercury 20 February 1948


Wolverton C. and W. Works Ambulance teams had very successful day at British Railways (London Midland Region) No. 2 District Ambulance Competitions. (Division B) at Bedford.
Wolverton “A” team gained first place with 371 marks out of a-possible 405. Castlethorpe being second with 323 marks. The two winning teams qualify to compete in the preliminary final contest at Derby in March.

Northampton Mercury 16 April 1948


Six newly-born lambs belonging to Mr. J. E. Whiting, of Castlethorpe, have fallen victim to a marauding animal, believed to a badger, which has made its appearance in the Hanslope area for the second year in succession.
Despite an intensive search by men and terrier dogs, it is still at large.
Last year, more than a dozen lambs were found dead with teeth marks in the neck and back. A badger was thought to be responsible then, and it is again blamed for this year’s incidents, as the circumstances are the same.
Theories that a fox might be responsible are discounted because it is thought that a fox would attempt to eat its victim. The carcases are unmarked except for teeth incisions in the neck and back.

Northampton Mercury 23 April 1948

Ambulance Contest

Ambulance teams from Wolverton, Castlethorpe and Peterborough are among the nine who have reached the final of the London Midland Region, British Railways, Ambulance competition. The contest is being held at Belle Vue, Manchester, to-day (Friday).

Northampton Mercury 13 August 1948


Property. Castlethorpe —Att. Detached Old-world Residence with all modern refinements. Four bedrooms. 2 bathrooms, nearly 1 acre —Phelan, Drapery Buildings. Tel. 1905

Northampton Mercury 13 August 1948

Sept 24. At Lincoln Grounds, Castlethorpe. Sale of Live and Dead Farming Stock by order of Mr J. J. Evans, who is leaving.

Northampton Mercury 27 August 1948

with nearly 1 Acre.

To be Sold by Auction unless previously disposed of
NORTHAMPTON, on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14. 1948. at 6 p.m.,

subject to Conditions of Sale to then be produced


Northampton 11 miles, Stony Stratford 4 miles, London 54 miles. On main B.R. line 80 mins. London. Frequent bus and train service to Northampton.
The property is detached, stands well back from the road, and substantially constructed of stone and brick, with slated roof.
Accommodation (all on two floors) comprising: 3 spacious Reception Rooms, Garden Room, 4 Bedrooms, 2  Bathrooms, excellent Domestic Offices.
Hot water system. Company’s E.L. and Gas. Main Water and Drainage.
Delightful Garden (nearly 1 acre) Large Garage and useful Outbuildings.
Large detached Building (screened from house) is let off on monthly tenancy as a Workshop at £1 per week.
R.V. (house and garden) £41, on Building  let off  £8. Total rates per half-year £24 12s. 3d.
Solicitors: Messrs. Hensman, Jackson and Chamberlain. 78. St. Giles’- street, Northampton. Tel. 3254. Permits view and further particulars from the Auctioneer:

Northampton Mercury 17 September 1948


ON the road to Castlethorpe on the Northamptonshire-Buckinghamshire border, the green of the hedges and the straw of the stubble in the fields is brightened by a huge splash of bright yellow.
As the traveller approaches he sees that the colour comes from thousands of nodding heads of sunflowers—l 7 acres of them.
Because of the lack of sunshine this year, each of those heads will have to be cut by hand and eventually the oil extracted from the seeds may appear on your table as margarine.
I thought sunflowers were grown only to provide seeds for caged birds, writes the “Mercury and Herald” North Bucks representative. ”but when I made inquiries” I soon discovered their value for human consumption.


The crops, in three fields, belong, I learned, to three Castlethorpe men Mr. J. Sawbridge (nine acres), Mr. J. E. Whiting (two acres), and Mr. R. J. Mayes (six acres), and they are the first to be grown in the area.
Mr. E. F. Hunt (Yardley Gobion), a technical advisor on sunflowers, told me that probably the first crops of the particular type – its no the common garden sunflower – to be grown in Northants was grown by Messrs A. J. Mackness at Little Billing.
Experiments first began about eight years ago, and the oil from the sunflower seeds has now almost the same uses as olive oil, and in fact has a better food value than soya flour.
Normally these huge flowers would be cut by a combine, but owing to the heavy rain this summer they have grown too much stalk and are too tall for that process. On Mr. Sawbridge’s land the big job of cutting off the heads singly begins next week, and he has been endeavouring to recruit female labour to do the work.

Northampton Mercury 29 October 1948

Preliminary Announcement.

(Northants-Bucks Borders).


2 Reception, Kitchen, 3 Bedrooms, Bathroom, Electric Light and Power, Main Water Supply and Main Drainage. Domestic Boiler Hot Water System, and about 30 Poles of Garden, with Long Road Frontage and Room for Garage.
Will be Sold by Auction at THE ANGEL HOTEL, BRIDGE STREET, NORTHAMPTON, on WEDNESDAY. NOVEMBER 24, 1948, at 6 p.m. (if not sold previously by private treaty).
Solicitors; Messrs. Dennis, Faulkner and Alsop, 17. Market Square, Northampton, Telephone 3000 (-2 lines)

by Auction (unless previously. sold by private treaty) at THE ANGEL HOTEL, BRIDGE STREET.

Northampton Mercury 12 November 1948

MARRIAGES: TAPP—RAY.—On Nov. 6, at Castlethorpe Church. 2 p.m. Bert Colin, grandson Mr. and Mrs. B. Tapp, Potterspury, to Phyllis, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Ray Castlethorpe.

Northampton Mercury 19 November 1948


Wolverton 4, Stony Stratford 4, Newport Pagnell 8, Northampton 12, London (fast trains stop at Castlethorpe and Wolverton).

Circa 1771 (restored 1938).

Two Reception Rooms, excellent Kitchen (h. and c.). 3-4 bedrooms, Bathroom (h. and c.) and W.C. Main Services connected: Main drainage. Main water supply. Electric light, and power. Electric cooker Modern domestic hot water system. Heated linen cupboard.
GARDEN of about 30 poles. Long road frontage. Room for Garage.
Rateable value £12. Rates, and water charges £5 19s. current halfyear.
This Freehold Property will be sold.

Northampton Mercury 19 November 1948


Wolverton 4, Stony Stratford 4, Newport Pagnell 8, Northampton 12.


Including Mahogany Dining Table, Mahogany Writing Table, Antique oak Dropleaf Table, Oak Tea Trolly, Sideboard, Oak Fireside Chairs, Dining Chairs, Bentwood Chairs, Kitchen Chairs, Staircarpet, “Phillips” All mains Radio, Carpets and Rugs, Crockery, Enamelware. Plated-ware.

 Bedroom  Appointments: 3-piece Bedroom Suite. Oak Panelled Bedstead and others. Oak Dressing Chest and others. Mahogany Wardrobe. Interior Sprung Mattress, and other Useful Effects.
 Will be Sold by Auction (subject the usual Conditions of Sale) ON THE PREMISES, on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1948. 11.0 a.m. Auctioneers: E - J. & R. S. ASHBY, F.V.I. George-row, Northampton. Telephones 2747-8, 3377. Viewing morning of Sale, 9 —11a.m. No catalogues.

Northampton Mercury 26 November 1948

By direction of the Executors of
Mrs. A. P. Wiglesworth, deceased.


comprising: Antique and Modern Furniture. Including a Chippendale Design Mahogany Bookcase. Georgian Mahogany Drum-top Library Table, Bureau, Welsh Oak Dresser, Old English Mahogany Chests of Drawers, Wardrobes and Chairs, a Dutch Carved Walnut Armoire, Oriental Furniture, Bedsteads and Bedding, Carpets. Curtains and Embroideries, Porcelain, Glass, Silver Plate and Objets d’Art.
To be Sold by Auction on the PREMISES, as above, ROBINSON & FOSTER, LTD., Queensberry Hall, 41. 47. and 49, Harrington-road South Kensington, 5.W.7 (Tel. Ken. 8689). on MONDAY, DECEMBER 13. 1948, commencing at 10.30 a.m.
On View Thursday and Friday, December 9 and 10, from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Catalogues, price 6d., may be had of the Auctioneers.

Northampton Mercury 26 November 1948



Approximately 2½ miles from Wolverton and 11 miles from Northampton, and within a few minutes the main station of Castlethorpe.

known as

having the following accommodation; Hall. Dining Room, Drawing Room, Lounge, Kitchen, Pantry, Cellar, 4 Bedrooms, Bathroom, W.C., and 2 Attics
Outside is a range of brick-built and slated Buildings, comprising: 2 Loose Boxes, Stabling for three and Harness Room with loft over, together with a large and spacious Garden the whole being


Electric light, Cess pit drainage

which MR. P. C. CAMBELL in conjunction with MESSRS. W. P. GIBBINGS & SON is instructed by the Exors. of Mrs. A. P. Wiglesworth to sell by Auction at THE SWAN HOTEL. NEWPORT PAGNELL. on WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 15, 1948 at 3 o’clock exact time.
Vacant Possession will be given on completion of purchase.
Further particulars and Conditions Sale may be obtained of: Messrs. Morrish, Strode and Searle, Solicitors, 10 Great James-street, Bedford-row. WW.C.1 or the Auctioneers P. C. Gambell, Chartered Surveyor, Newport Pagnell and Olney. and W. P. Gibbings and Son Chartered Surveyors, 30, Lowther-street, Carlisle.

Northampton Mercury 26 November 1948

FOR Sale. Two Terrier Dog Puppies. 3-4 months old. parents exlent workers. Mayes, Lodge Farm, Castlethorpe Phone Wolverton 2120

Northampton Mercury 18 February 1949

CASTLETHORPE TEAM with the shield they won in British Railways (No 2 District) ambulance competitions, thereby breaking the hold Wolverton had had on the trophy since 1935.

Left to right: F. Pateman, L. Robinson, (captain), A. C. Nichols, (Coach), W. G. Taylor and J. Green.
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The first day of No. 2 District Ambulance Competition, held in the Semilong Working Men’s Club. St. Andrew’s-road. Northampton, saw Wolverton “A” team holders of the ambulance shield, beaten by Castlethorpe.
This is the first time since the shield was presented in 1935 that Wolverton have not been the winners. Six teams took part in yesterday’s division 1 competition, and the final placings were; Castlethorpe, Wolverton “A.” “ B.” “C.” Luton, and Bletchley. The first two will now go on to the preliminaries of the inter-district competition to be held at Derby in March.
Prizes were presented by Mr. A. E. Peters, works superintendent at Wolverton.
A special presentation was made to Mr. J. O. Iboll, who has been connected with ambulance work for 48 years.
The presentation was in the form of a wallet and money subscribed members of the No. 2 district, and a watch from the district secretaries of the L.M.R. The competition judges were Dr. W. E. Fildes of Wolverton. Dr. D Bull, of Northampton, and Dr. J. B. L Tombleson of Stony Stratford.
On Wednesday Northampton “A” took the second Division Shield with Wolverton “D” as runners-up. Final placings were; Northampton “A,” 248½ out of maximum of 250. Wolverton 238½. Wellingborough 222. Northampton ’”B” 216. Bedford “B”  213½. and Bedford “A " 204.
Northampton “A” also won the reserve prize, with Wellingborough and Wolverton second and third. Mr. B. G. Gadd, of Bedford, presented prizes to the winners and runners-up.

Northampton Mercury 04 March 1949


A FIRE that raged for several hours early on Tuesday gutted Langton House, Castlethorpe owned by Mr. Thomas Thomas, farmer, of Lincoln Lodge, Castlethorpe.
Before the arrival of firemen from Wolverton and Stony Stratford, the roof had collapsed. The firemen were able to leave after five hours work.
Fireman Bob Cockerill had two stitches inserted in a cut hand and Leading-Fireman Les Clarke suffered a badly-burned right hand and sprained wrist when he was pinned to the ground by falling debris.
Mr. Thomas bought the house, which borders the main railway line, in January of this year for £1,650, There was no furniture in it.
The building is detached and has stabling, but the gale was blowing away from the outbuildings and a row of nearby cottages.
The alarm was given by a signalman, Jesse Robinson, on duty at the Castlethorpe box, at about 12.30 a.m.

Northampton Mercury 04 March 1949


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The Wolverton Express 27 May 1949

The Wolverton Express 27 May 1949

Hanslope Railway Lengthsman

Killed On Duty


A Hanslope lengthsman, who had been employed by British Railways for only six months, was instantaneously killed when he stepped in front of an express train while engaged on his duties near Castlethorpe Station about mid-day on Monday.

At an inquest held at Hanslope School on Tuesday, a jury recorded a verdict of accidental death, adding a rider that probably, if there had been a flagman on duty it would have done some good.

The victim of the tragedy was Percy Alfred Welch (44), a married man of 19 Long Street, Hanslope. He had lived in the village for less than a year.

Outlining the details of the tragedy, the North Bucks Coroner (Mr. E. T. Ray) said Welch was working on the railway line about two miles north of Castlethorpe, and there failed to avoid a fast train, which cut him to pieces.

Mrs. Doris Welch said her husband looked after part of the main line near Castlethorpe. He was in perfect health and his hearing and sight were normal in every way. Her husband left home on the day of his death about 7.30 a.m.

Dr. P. J. Delahunty, Wolverton, gave evidence that he was called to the scene of the accident at about 2 p.m. There was no body to be seen, it having been literally struck to pieces. Death was instantaneous, due to shock and multiple injuries.

Five in Gang

Frederick Harry Herbert, Forest Road, Hartwell, said he was ganger in charge of gang No. 69. On Monday his gang was working on the main line two miles north of Castlethorpe. There were five in the gang, four of them sawing a loose rail between the fat lines, and Welch was bringing chippings along to them in a barrow.

He was between the up-fast and down-slow lines, shovelling the chippings into a box and taking them to a barrow.

In answer to the Coroner, witness said they did not have anyone to look after them in the ordinary way-they looked after one another. A flagman was not provided for small gangs, and the line was practically straight for about a mile in either direction.

Just after 1 p.m., witness said he saw a train approaching on the up-fast line and another train on the up-slow, both in the same direction. His gang moved out of the way into the down part. He saw Welch shovelling chippings, and when he seemed to be taking no notice of the approaching trains witness started to shout and wave his arms, but doubted if he could be heard above the noise of the trains.

“Stepped in Front”

Welch was in no danger of either of the trains if he stopped where he was, but he picked up his box and stepped in front of one train. Witness thought that perhaps he might have stepped back to safety or even got across-it was possible, however, that he might have seen the up-slow and thought that was making the noise. He would not have heard the fast train coming behind.

Frederick William Pateman, stationmaster at Castlethorpe. Said he knew Welch slightly, he having been employed by British Railways since the 20th January 1949. About 1.10 p.m. an express train from Liverpool to Aldershot stopped at Castlethorpe Station, and the driver reported that he had knocked two men down. He had said that he whistled when approaching the men and had seen one step into the path of the train.

Witness said he examined the engine and found marks of blood on the offside, indicating that the man was about to cross the off-side rail. He visited the scene of the impact and saw the broken box and marks on the permanent way, smoke from the first train would have been blown to the side of the line away from the deceased.

Clear Account

Addressing the jury, the Coroner said he did not think it worth the trouble of bring the engine-driver to the inquest. He could not have told anything.

They had had a very clear eye-witness account of the occurrence from Mr. Herbert and could not have been better.

They did not know fully why Mr. Welch failed to see or hear this train, but it seemed that if he had stood where he was he was he would have been clear. In this case however, he was carrying on with his job.

After a short retirement the jury returned a verdict of accidental death through their foreman (Mr. Powell), stating that probably if there had been a flagman it would have done some good.

Expressions of sympathy to the dead man’s relatives were expressed on behalf of his colleague and Mr. Horton (district engineer), by the Coroner and the jury.

The jury returned their fees to be handed to the widow.

The Wolverton Express 29 July 1949

Castlethorpe House Sold
For £435

Stony Stratford and Castlethorpe properties were sold by auction on Friday 22nd July by Messrs. W. S. Johnson and Co., Wolverton and Bletchley, at the Cock Hotel, Stony Stratford.

"Church View", Castlethorpe, was offered by instructions from, Messrs. F. A. and H. H. Bridge and with vacant possession. It is a detached cottage with two bedrooms, a frontage of 73 feet and depth of 60 feet.

Entering the market at £300, bids of £25 and one of £10 took the figure to the purchase price of £435, the buyer being Mr. W. Luck, of Yardley Gobion.